For much of Europe, and a sizable portion of the world’s media, the story of the last few weeks has been the sea of refugees fleeing the Middle East and washing through southern Europe, trying to escape the ravages of the Syrian civil war and decades of conflict in the wider region. The media, of … Continue reading You Don’t Have To Live Like A Refugee
It’s so much harder to walk out into the dark, than it is to come into the light. Evidently, many Scots felt that that is just what a “yes” vote in the independence referendum would mean; a leap into the abyss, a trip to a scary unknowable place, the fabled “unintended consequences” lurking in ambush. … Continue reading Walking into the Dark is Hard
There is something wryly amusing about politicians of all hues tripping over themselves to deliver encomiums and hymns of praise for the late Ian Paisley. They all hit the same notes, rushing over his career as an agent provocateur, the dark voice of Loyalist intransigence, and charge straight on to his part in the Peace Process … Continue reading The Last of Paisley
“Look at the hands on him” said my youngest brother. We were in my father’s yard, helping him load pallets onto the back of a flatbed truck.. And yes my father’s hands were worn and strong. He was seventy-nine at the time or as he would put it, “in me eightieth year”. When he was just … Continue reading My Father’s Hands
With all the D-Day 70th anniversary stuff……..some stories you don’t hear too often. Or not enough. Or at all. Juno Beach and the Canadians In 1994 then-US President Bill Clinton called a group of historians to the White House advise him on his forthcoming trip to the Fiftieth Anniversary D-Day commemorations in Normandy. Clinton, a savvy monitor … Continue reading A little late…..
“Decent people trying to do decent things” that’s how BBCFoyle radio host Mark Patterson describes Catherine Corless and the volunteers in Tuam trying to have the location of the mass grave of 796 innnocent children marked properly. It’s hard to disagree. You can hear his interview with Corless here. The interview provides the broad outline of … Continue reading “Decent people trying to do decent things”
A day off work, a quick check of the twitter feed and I find this. Suddenly I’m immersed in an atrocity story from my homeland and the red mist descends. I shake. My stomach churns. I am beyond angry. A distance of four thousand and more miles means nothing. The appalling story of the Tuam babies … Continue reading Written in Fury